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NCJ Number: 137085 Find in a Library
Title: Substance Abuse (From Psychological Disturbance in Adolescence, Second Edition, P 385-412, 1992, by Irving B Weiner)
Author(s): I B Weiner
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 28
Sponsoring Agency: John Wiley and Sons
New York, NY 10158
Sale Source: John Wiley and Sons
Managing Editor
605 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10158
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Juvenile drug use is discussed with respect to its frequency, the stages and categories of substance use, factors associated with it, and considerations involved in drug treatment and prevention.
Abstract: National surveys reveal that alcohol is by far the most commonly used drug among young persons, with approximately 50 percent of these youths reporting having consumed it at some time. Marijuana is the next most commonly used drug, followed at much smaller frequencies by cocaine, stimulants, sedatives, hallucinogens, and heroin. Prevalence data indicate that the majority of these youths do not become regular users. Substance use ordinarily starts with drinking beer and wine, drinking hard liquor, smoking marijuana, and using other drugs. Certain personal, social, and family factors are associated with drug use, and the youths with major drug abuse problems often also have a psychological disorder. Successful intervention requires a multifaceted approach that is tailored to the specific pattern of drug abuse. Prevention efforts have shifted from merely providing information or general social skills to a focus specifically on training youths to cope effectively with the determinants of drug abuse. Case examples and 82 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Drug abuse causes; Juvenile drug treatment
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